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Investigate Internet communication by participating in online discussions. Learners actively participate in an online thread and reflect upon the conversation in which they participated. Resource is missing several essential pieces to the lesson, but it could work with some prep.
Specifically written for a special education audience, this resource provides you with the steps needed to conduct a language activity. You'll read a holiday-themed book, recap the story, then begin a dialogue to promote receptive and expressive language skills. Afterward, the class participates in an art project based on the book they've just heard. This becomes a second stage for interpersonal communication based on a common topic of theme.
As we all know, some clothing has a way of letting us know a little something about the person wearing it. Kids explore the idea that clothing can be a form of communication and artistic expression. They analyze a Native American textile piece with regard to the message it conveys. They then create t-shirt designs using their own name and expressive symbolism.
The Olmec were an ancient people native to Mexico who lived from 1000-500 BC. Young artists examine the Olmec piece Seated Figure to analyze the use of body language to communicate a tone or feeling. They then use clay or play-dough to create their own expressive sculpture. Background information and images are included.
Only once in a while does a new and interesting idea comes along. Upper graders research a social or historical topic, then create historically accurate puppets and scripts to express the content they've researched. They communicate social statements throughout history using their artistically and critically designed puppets. This isn't just performance art, this is an amazing and highly engaging idea.
Upper graders compare their cell phones to a lacquer box from the Japanese Edo Period. They consider how each is a form of communication and how the very nature of each object communicates social norms, ideology, and beliefs. A really great way to get kids thinking about modern youth culture and communication.
What are different ways we communicate with each other? Youngsters research different types of communication. They start by describing their senses, gaining knowledge about other types of communication, like sign language. They also use a KWL chart and write in journals about what they learned. Teach them some basic signs to take home and practice!